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good friday morning. i'm peter alexander. almost the weekend. 10:00 in the morning on the east coast. 9:00 p.m. in bangkok thailand where we start with breaking news. this is where anti-government riots have now turned deadly in bangkok. thai troops firing bullets and tear gas as you see on protesters. we're heading to bangkok for details. moving to plan c, the containment dome didn't work to
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stop the oil leak in the gulf. neither did the top hat apparently. now what? a live news conference from the coast guard. that's ahead. t minus 4.5 hours until the shuttle launches into space for the last time. an eye catching billboard. we're going to speak to the man who felt the need to send the president a message on that big board. new douchlts, though, in the times square bombing pro country. detained on immigration violations, officials say they may have provided thousands of dollars to faisal shahzad. he's, of course, the man accused of plotting that failed attack on civilians, tourists, everybody hold have been in times square that night. president obama was in new york yesterday to say job well done to the nypd.
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nbc justice correspondent pete williams is following the money today. good morning to you, pete. what is the latest. >> reporter: good morning, peter. the fbi's assumption about the people they rounded up yesterday is that they were the atms, not necessarily the bang rollers for this operation. faisal shahzad has told fbi he got money through money couriers, not money exchanges. what the fbi is doing is going back to various places where he said he got money. that, in turn, has led them to where they got money and they got money before and so forth. they hope to follow that back to pakistan. the three people they picked up yesterday, two in massachusetts, one in maine, were all held on immigration charges. they are not charged with having anything to do with the bombing. so far investigators say there's no indication they knew why faisal shahzad wanted this money. that's one of the things they are now looking into, peter. >> pete williams reporting for us today. thanks very much. california congresswoman report,
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a sanchez. she joins us from the hill. thank you for your time. the first question would be, are you satisfied with the pace of this investigation and the results so far. we caught faisal shahzad quickly, but is the we gathered since sufficient? >> well, we actually have many different ways to get that intelligence. the reality is with some of the laws we did pass in the few last recent years, we are able to share information. so there's a lot of our local and our fbi, our federal officials taking a look at the information. so it's coming quickly. it's never fast enough obviously. we would love to have had it before the event. >> how do we better protect ourselves against the terrorists among us. where do we draw the line? last night union square was vac waded for what turned out to be essentially lawn mower's propane
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tanks. >> it's better to evacuate and check out the situation than not to. that's why the first line of defense will always be people. we have to be vigilant about what's going on, ask the one person who saw the smoking van or what have you was able to detect this last terrorist threat. you know, we've been very lucky as a country. we're surrounded by two large oceans. we have borders with friendly governments to us. and although we've had plenty of terrorist attacks and plenty of attempted attacks even before 9/11, the reality is we've been very sheltered from a lot of this. so it becomes more important for us to be vigilant. >> congresswoman i think it's the luck we fear when it runs out at some point. there is another successful attack. u.s. intelligence officials will be the first to acknowledge they are reassessing potential of groups like pakistani taliban, that they previously did not think could infiltrate u.s., the
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attack that was supposed to happen in times square but instead failed. how does that change our security measures, given that a group like that from so far away could funnel money to the u.s., to a citizen here, cash, and a car bomb winds up in times square. how do we combat that? >> here is the issue. all of these great internet and social networking mediums that we now have, that are allowing us to communicate and connect in such a vivid way, the same tools are being used by the terrorists around the world. it becomes more important for us to have groups within the government to take a look at what's going on on some of these websites, understand the psyche of these people and ultimately what they are going to try to do is recruit from within. we need to be sure we don't give them a reason that we're able to spot this. we know the types of systems and tools that they use against us. that's what we're working on, especially on the terrorism committee where i'm the chairwoman for that. >> report, a sanchez, california
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congresswoman. as you know, the advice chair of the house homeland security committee. we appreciate your time. thank you. >> thank you very much, peter. >> we want to take you now to louisiana where there's more live breaking news on msnbc. that is admiral allen of the coast guard speaking about the lateth on the oil spill. >> what they are doing is removing debris on the beach, foreign objects where oil might stick to it if oil did come ashore. this is risk mitigation measure, in the event there was a spill here, there would be less oily debris to have to contend with. there is no projected oil slick targeting this part of dauphin island. we have reports of tar balls to be manually picked up. at this time the majority of the oil is fairly far offshore. i'd like to make one other comment and go to questions. i believe that this spill is kind of changing in its character. i don't believe any longer we have a large monolithic spill. can you see the perimeter and trajectories. i think based on when the oil
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comes up, wind and currents, it's separating different patches of oil which you have open water in between. there's good and bad news in that. it's widely dispersed. it's hard to manage the perimeter. on the other hand, if there are shore impacts, it's coming to shore in small quantities, smaller subsets of what would be a larger spill. it's changing in character over the life cycle of the event. that's not necessarily a bad thing. with that, i'll take questions. >> a lot about when this is going to be mitigated or contained. has bp given you an idea when we'll see top hat, injector. >> top hat will be today. we'll know whether that succeeded or failed. this is risk mitigation factor against the leak. they have tried to address problems in early containment device, ice crystals, combination of heating a pipe
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with surface water and injection of methanol at the bottom. almost the equivalent of gas line antifreeze. these are going on. they will continue to go on in three other lines. everything done in parallel. >> the pipe is weaved with the top hat. are those separate efforts or combined operation? >> the top hat is a device over the leak that will collect oil and take it to the surface. bp looked at another opportunity where they will actually tap into the pipe as a risk mitigator. the main effort today is top hat, try to get the oil to the surface through a pipe and evacuate it. >> there are reports on the amount of oil coming out at the scene after looking at that bp video yesterday. there's some university experts saying there's no way in the world that could be 5,000 barrels a day. it has to be higher than that. are you standing by your estimates or are you seeing fluctuation on that? >> i'm glad you asked that question.
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let's talk about estimates. we first thought 1,000 or 5,000. frankly whether it's one, five, 10 or 15, or mobilization of resources is far beyond that. we're prepared for a catastrophic event. we have not been contained in our tactics by flow estimates. i urge us all to remember we're operating in environment where there's no human access. the only parameters we have are two-dimensional video presentation and any remote sensing we can do down there. while all that goes on, ultimately we're going to have to know the extent of the spill for natural resource and things. as far as the current response we're on top of everything on the surface and doing a great deal to break it up offshore so it won't have impact here. as far as how we're conducting the response, that can run its course. we're attacking it as if it were a much larger spill. >> would it surprise if it was more? >> i'm not sure. one of the challenging thing about this entire response, and
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i've been doing this over 30 years, no human access at the point of discharge. that's different. >> bp, it's been almost four weeks now and there's been failures. learning what we learned about what went wrong before the explosion, do you trust them in acting in a timely fashion? >> in my view, they have been relentless. we understand the stakes. bp is rolling in new tactics. this hasn't been done. this is an aggregation of scientific support in the houston area, british headquarters, unprecedented. it's included department of energy. secretary salazar and chu down there. breakthrough was gamma ray
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radiography piece of equipment provided by energy, allowed a scan to get a position of the valves whether they closed or not and allowed us to get diagnostics on the blowout preventer. bp the responsible, us coast guard and the accountable party and everybody should be relentless on everybody. that's where we're at. >> when this will be capped or mitigated? >> long-term solution is relief well and capping the well permanently. that will have to be done when they are able to drill from the ocean floor 16 to 18,000 feet and intersect that well. that is a long-term solution. from the start of drilling they are estimating 90 days. >> i'd like to follow up on the flow. scientists are saying if they could see more of the video of how it's coming out, they could possibly get more accurate results. are you all considering asking bp to release more video and are your scientists looking at that video trying to coup with a revised estimate? >> i'm not aware of more video
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but i'll look at that. i would caution everybody we're looking at a two-dimensional depiction of what is a three-dimensional event down there. we're happy to do what we can. i have not been involved in that this morning. >> you're listening to the admiral from the coast guard. the top hat device will be deployed today. we'll know at some point on this day whether it succeeds or fails as they use the word mitigation plans. that's not the only plan in place. developing on msnbc is the fact that that oil spill in the gulf may be ten times worse than scientists first thought. that is the shocking headline from the "new york times." oil giant bp is exploring two of those untested options. this morning u.s. coast guard admiral thad allen we just heard told "morning joe" stopping the leak is an incredibly difficult task because no humans can get there. it's 5,000 feet under the water.
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>> we're dealing with a source of oil that has no human access. everything done through remotely operated vehicle. frankly i've said on several occasions in many places it's more similar to apolo 13 than "exxon valdez." >> with more on what bp is doing, ann, as you reported, in the fourth week this is half the size of the "exxon valdez." who knows how long it will keep going. >> reporter: the longer this goes on, clearly the more frustrated people are down here about the fact bp cannot plug this leak. i can tell you this morning, there is great confusion about what bp is actually doing at the site. i listened to commandant allen's news conference. bp officials told us what they have done out at the leak site is deploy the insertion tube. that is that new long riser with
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a smaller pipe inside, narrower pipe. what they are doing is trying to place it into the broken riser at the sea floor where all that oil is coming out. we understand that operation is under way. commandant allen seemed to suggest the top hat would be deployed today. there is a lot of different stories we're getting and that's adding to the anger and confusion as this continues to go on. peter. >> ann with the story that continues to develop, thank you very much. developing right now, the president of the united states speaking at the rose garden at the white house where he's honoring top cops with awards for the national association of police organizations. take a listen. >> one of the key jobs is supporting local law enforcement. he truly appreciates the extraordinary service that local law enforcement does each and every day. we also have a couple of members of congress here we want to recognize. representative tim ryan and senator max baucus, who have
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been extremely supportive of local law enforcement efforts. to tommy and the other officers and board members from the national association of police organizations, thank you for coming and thanks for the great work you do every day. finally i want to congratulate this year's top cops and their families. it's fair to say the folks behind me never thought they would be here today. if you asked them, the officers would say they are professionals doing their jobs as best they could. >> you're watching president of the united states, barack obama, as he's honoring top cops with the award from national organization of police organizations. ten people in total will be honored. a man named ryan jacobson, eight year veteran of colorado springs police department. his heroism is honored for what he did confronting an armed burglar last year. we'll update you on more of those awards for those officers'
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heroism in the next hour. elena kagan graduated from harvard law school, right? she's clearly a bright woman. why african-american scholars are holding her harvard years against her. plus, could it be the end of the era for law & order? huh? that story in three minutes. it's rollback time here at walmart.
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out of order? apparently the word is in and nbc has made a ruling and will not bring back the original law and order for a 21st season. there are reports the series will not be included in the fall
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schedule. no confirmation from nbc. "new york times" says nbc and producers are still in talks. right now law & order, believe it or not, tied with gun smoke as the longes running tv drama in history. packing heat in the house of the lord. the louisiana house passed a bill yesterday allowing people with permits to carry concealed guns. this bill was aimed at protecting houses of prayer in case of a shooting or any other violent act. supreme court nominee elena kagan spent the last two days making the rounds as you've seen with senate judiciary committee. they were cordial, meet and greet sessions. they were fairly positive by most accounts. kagan has come under fire about her record on race at the dean of the law schools. african-american leaders and scholars troubled by her hiring practice. she was there six years. during that tenure, she hired 43 fulltime faculty members. most of them were white men and women. minorities included two african-american men, one indian
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man and one asian-american woman. a professor and resident scholar, contributor to grio.com. mr. sullivan at harvard law school, hired by elena kagan, director of harvard justice institute. we appreciate your time. you accuse elena kagan of systematic racism. why? >> well, number one we know we're about 200 years too late putting a black woman on the supreme court. that right there is the first level of disappointment. that's not elena's fault. what's interesting, when lou at her hiring record, she hired many, many -- dozens of tenure track faculty, not one african-american, latino, native american. that's incredibly problematic. david duke couldn't have a worse hiring record than elena kagan did at harvard.
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ultimately we have to ask ourselves, when are we going to call it for what it is. >> professor, we're not comparing her to david duke in terms of her opinion, just her record. >> she's certainly not david duke. absolutely not. we know there's a virtual kress pool of systemic racism at harvard university. if you seem elena was powerless and didn't have the ability to stop it, the only argument you can make is she wasn't racist, everyone else at the harvard law school is racist and she's the ringleader of this incredibly problematic hiring practice. >> no elite law school has done enough with respect to minority hiring. you credit elena kagan for declining to take a profship at harvard that earned its money from the slave trade. should african-americans be concerned? >> well, i think that's a positive for elena kagan, obviously. it's the royal professorship of law. tradition dictated deans of
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harvard a law school would hold the royal professorship of law. that's the endowed chair the deans would hold. elena came in and declined to take that professorship, because, as you say, the money that endowed that chair was derived from transatlantic slave trade. instead, dean kagan said, i will be the first holder of the charles hamilton houston professorship. >> should african-americans feel good about that? obviously she recognized a lot of the community's concerns. >> i think that's one thing african-americans should feel good about. another thing african-americans should feel good about, during her deanship, a percentage of african-american students raised from 10% to 13%. i recall very clearly coming back from an alumni event where blacks from all over the country celebrated then dean kagan for increasing the numbers of black students. particularly black men who were
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represented at dismal, dismal levels. a very quick word about the hiring, because i don't want to gloss over. >> very quickly, please. >> harvard, every elite law school has to do much, much, much better in terms of hiring. but to say the dean hired people or didn't hire people is too strong. likewise, to say the dean was powerless is too strong. instead, the faculty, entire faculty has to vote on hiring. it's a complicated process. the dean is very powerful in that process but she alone can't be held responsible. >> but that's not -- but when she was solicitor again, she didn't hire any black people, any native americans or latino people there either. are we going to continue to say she was powerless, give her credit for black students and not culpable for hiring faculty. >> we're going to leave it there for now. the conversation is going to
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continue as she makes the round on the capital and as her hearings head up to the capital in the next weeks. thank you both, gentlemen. >> thank you. another significant headline, about a teenager girl murdered in mexico. her family was surprised to learn she was even there. what was she doing while she was across the border? the details about this secret life are next. i just told him, do your best. build a car you're proud of. ♪
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miss ag few days later across the border in mexico. now we have some startling revelations about what she was doing and where she was when she wasn't here at school. her whole life was ahead of her. 18-year-old elizabeth had good grades, dozens of friends and a smile as bright as her future. a few days after she disappeared from her home, it all came to an abrupt and tragic end. her body and others found beaten to death in mexico. it had been staged to look like a traffic accident. >> it's all a surprise. we had no idea where she went. >> reporter: breaking their silence for the first time. they are shocked by the detail emerging now. only since her death so much more is learned about her life. she had a secret double life. the second one lived far from her school and home. the teen had been moonlighting
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at an exotic dancer at the club 40 miles away. the manager said she was a popular performer. what was she doing across the border in violence plagued mexico. she once told her sister she wanted to be a coyote, smuggling people into the u.s. for money. her sister thought it was a joke. >> i don't think my sister went to smuggle immigrants. >> similar feelings at school. >> she was a great girl and a friend. all this other side stuff wasn't really like her. >> elizabeth lived at home where her family ran a stable and where it seemed she was like so many of her friends. >> she had the regular teenager life. she played soccer. he just looked at her progress report. all as, maybe two bs. she asked me for my gown because she was going to graduate. the school parking space is a makeshift memorial as a tribute
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to their fallen friend. her sister adriana told us how difficult it had been for the family. first they are learning information about their sister, their daughter they didn't know before. then having lost her. they are trying to stay in touch with the police in mexico. in terms of the investigation into this case, so far there have been no arrests. a sad story from here in texas. peter. >> the police in mexico so overloaded. just one more case on their books. janet, thank you. deadly mayhem on the streets of bangkok we want to tell you about. thai troops battled anti-government protesters. they were firing live rounds into the crowd. so far we know 4 or 500 people -- 4 or 500 have died. about 80 people were injured during what's really the latest confrontation there. earlier a loud explosion rocked the main business and embassy district close to where the troops and anti-government protesters are having these clashes. nbc's ian williams is joining us by phone from bangkok with the
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latest. ian for americans confused by what's happening there, what are these clashes about? >> well, ultimately it's about who runs thailand. the red shirted protesters are mainly the rural poor, farmers, people from the more impoverished north and northeast of thailand. people who traditionally have been large in a political system dominated by the bangkok elite. they were empowered by a previous prime minister who introduced populist policies in the north. a prime minister thrown out four years ago. the force behind this protest. at the moment, there seemed very little way out of it, looking at the issues, peter. >> ian williams in thailand. four or five killed, 80 injured. thank you so much. a group of unemployed
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back live on msnbc, new rules for chronicle travel. it appears lawmakers will have to touch it out in coach like the rest of us. luke russert joining us on hails a to explain. luke, no more first class for the folks on capitol hill. >> reporter: indeed, peter. speaker pelosi cracking down on what had been some abuses with congressional members charging taxpayers for personal expenses on travel trips, such as for alcohol, food, and artwork and gifts for their constituents. new rules will now for bid congressional delegations to have a business class seat on
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flights under 14 hours. yeah, right. >> long flight. >> that is a long flight. these rules are obviously coming why? congress is unpopular politically. it will look good if it speaker is trying to cut back on travel abuses. in washington, there is a loophole. the new rules do not disclose congress to disclose all flights, how much it costs on military aircraft. a lot of times military aircraft are used for these type of things, $120 taxpayer dollars went to congressional delegation flights on military aircraft between 2008 and 2009. average cost about $500,000 per trip. those still do not have to be necessarily reported as well as the military liaison traveling with the congressional delegation, they don't have to necessarily report how much they spend on food, boos, whatnot. there is a loophole. but on its face congress is going to not use taxpayer money
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when they go on wonderful trips around the world. >> i was flying back from denver, i know what it was like. >> the middle, not the place you want to be. >> other serious news to tell you about. grim assessment on the war in afghanistan. this is coming from the top american and nato commander there. one day after president obama predicted the war in afghanistan will get worth before better general mcchrystal said the u.s. has seen progress but the taliban insurgency remains a serious threat. joining us now retired army general. >> is the u.s. winning the war in afghanistan? >> i think in the last year we've made a lot of progress. i'd be prepared to say nobody is winning at this point. where the insurgents felt they had momentum a year ago, felt they were making clear progress, i think that's stopped. >> so now let's go to retired
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army general edwards joining us from washington. thank you, sir. do you agree with general mcchrystal's assessment. he acknowledged serious progress, significant progress is being made. still, nobody is winning. >> i think general mcchrystal is very accurate, peter. this is a tough nut to crack. this is a very difficult insurgency. we have fallen behind. the taliban are fierce and they are very effective. if, in fact, we have arrived at a point where we're at a balance with them, we have made an improvement over the last year. it remains to be seen how that will turn out in the future. >> help us out, if you can. i want to put figures up on the screen for our audience. for the first time since 2003, nearly a decade passed. u.s. military's monthly cost enafghanistan has exceeded the cost of the war in iraq. i'll give you those numbers. afghanistan, we're spending $6.7 billion a month versus iraq $5.5
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billion spent. obviously priorities are shifting. how long can we afford this pace? >> that's a very good political question. i'm not sure that i'm the right guy to answer it. we are and will continue to come down in iraq of the plan is to get down to 50,000 or fewer troops in iraq by the end of the summer. you'll see that figure, peter, in iraq drop some more. you'll also see the figures in afghanistan rise some more. so the question is how long -- in my mind, anyway, the question is how long do we need to have a very significant military force in afghanistan to be able to put that country in a situation where an effective -- that's a key word -- effective afghan civilian government can be in control. >> roughly 80,000 troops in afghanistan as you noted, by august close to 100,000. specifically 98,000.
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will that be enough to do the job? as i pose that, a lot of discussion given what happened in times square. the attention shouldn't be in iraq or afghanistan but pakistan. >> you've got two or three questions there. i'll answer as best i can. in terms of the afghanis have to stand up and take control of their own country. we could put 250,000 troops in there -- i hope we don't -- then we're still occupiers. that's not a good thing. the afghanis have to stand up to it. pakistan is a whole different issue. the northwest tribal areas where the taliban and the al qaeda folks are hanging out, that's serious issue. again, has to be pakistani. >> joining me from washington today, sir, we thank you for your time. appreciate it. >> thank you, peter. troops coming back from
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places like iraq and afghanistan have another fight once they come home trying to figure out how to get back to regular life. one of the premier training centers in colorado springs, wounded veterans can use old rivalries and healthy competition to get back in the game. >> travis green has always been a competitor. a roadside bomb in iraq couldn't change that. >> i don't remember any pain from it. i do remember looking down and seeing my legs gone. >> this week this retired marine corporal back in action in colorado springs, america's olympic team headquarters. this is the first of its kind warrior games. 187 wounded veterans, both iraq and afghanistan, all five military branches represented along with their historic rivalries. stacy competing in three sports, including air rifle.
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>> always sibling rivalry, nice to show we can be competitive. >> she went to war to take pictures. an insurgent ambush in iraq left her scarred on the inside with spine injuries and posttraumatic stress. she's still haunted by troops, friends she photographed. some who didn't make it. >> it will always be their faces and friendships i shared with them that will stick with me. >> the competition is fierce, sometimes painful, always fulfilling. olympic athletes spend years training for that golden moment. here the competition itself is a form of training. sport is rehabilitation, preparing these disabled veterans for the rest of their lives. >> go play baseball with your buddies or running with your 5-year-old son, it really is a significant aspect of what we see as a positive rehab process to jump back into life. >> just being out there, everything about my disability
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just goes out the window. >> reporter: travis green is so encouraged by the confidence sports has given him, he recently launched his own program for people with disabilities, veterans with a shared experience and a shared set of goals. competition, camaraderie and healing. >> fun to watch that. just got back from colorado springs yesterday. it's nice to report to you today travis green has a gold and bronze and stacy piersole took home the bronze in air rifle. shuttle "atlantis" launches for final in space. ll cool j pressing women.
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a preview of the problem of obesity may be seen in newborn babies. researchers say as the body mass index of pregnant women increase since 1990, so did a measure of body fat composition in newborns. obesity can lead to pregnancy complications and put them on a path towards obesity later in life. >> back live on msnbc. next to me on the screen right there, can you see the astronauts arriving on the pad there as the space shuttle "atlantis" gets all fueled up and ready for its final voyage. the launch time is set for 2:20 p.m., that's eastern time. cape canaveral fl, florida. it's the final time "atlantis" the fly. two other shuttles will go up before nasa retires the shuttle fleet. jay barberi has covered every single one of the shuttle missions and he's joining us with the latest.
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jay, how is it looking for today's launch? >> reporter: peter, it's perfect. they haven't had one problem. even the weather is looking great. by the way, let's put a little caveat here on whether or not "atlantis" will fly again. nasa administrator says they are looking at the possibility of flying "atlantis" again in the spring. they will have it standing by for the last mission as a rescue mission, so they can fly it if they choose to. so they have not ruled that out. right now official italy three left. "atlantis," next one on the pad, "discovery" for a september 15th liftoff. then "endeavour" will try to get off anywhere from mid november to christmas. that's the way they stack up now. twelve-day mission, as you said. everything is on schedule for liftoff at 2:20. >> on schedule as we look at the astronauts. that's a pretty cool shot no matter how many times you see
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it. what most american children dream of in childhood, they will one day go to space preparing for that final mission, likely final "atlantis" mission. jay bettarberi helping us out. nice to see you, very phone. >> nice to see you, peter. >> ll cool j stunned the ladies -- he also does but stunned them again yesterday. you've got to see the iron. >> what can you curl, a buck 20. >> i can absolutely curl you. >> 120. >> nice, nice, nice. i promise you. >> just try that at a bar sometime. i absolutely can curl you.
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president obama says the economy is headed in the right direction. that is the good news for the president. but the road to recovery, obviously, has been a bumpy one. during the president's main street tour in buffalo, new york yesterday, his motorcade passed this time. probably a sign of the times on interstate 190. the billboard reads, as you can see, dear mr. president, i need a freakin job. period. signed by nfj. they made this video. >> i need a freakin job. >> i need a freakin job. >> i need a freakin job. >> i need a freakin job.
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>> can you hear what i'm saying. >> these days we all know someone who needs a freakin job. jeff is the man behind the message. you lost your business last year. very quickly, i have some other thoughts i want to get from you. what happened. >> we were typically a small business, a manufacturing company in upstate new york. as the banking collapsed -- we made a beautiful product, as the banking collapse came along. >> you were out of luck. >> we were looking to work with bankers. we didn't need new money, we needed to consolidate longer-term debt. they virtually refused to work with us at that point. it was unbelievable. >> did you like what you heard from the president yesterday? did you hear anything good? did the phones start ringing. >> i did watch the president speak. our statement has no disrespect to the president whatsoever. he said a lot of great things. he's a very, very good speech giver. what we're really here mostly to do is make sure that we keep
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jobs being the center of attention for the country and keep their feet to the fire to make sure they are good on everything they see. >> we like this campaign. where did you come up with that? >> it's simple. i went through personal catastrophe but i'm not crying about it. you find ways to pick yourself back up, through my unbelievable wife. i've got a couple kids. but my point is that my wife and i weren't sitting around the kitchen table saying, jesus, honey, i hope the unemployment situation improves soon. you're scared to death, looking at each other. bottom line, you say i need a freakin' job. >> jeff baker needs a freakin' job. go to the website if you want to hire him. a little plug for you. >> thank you very much. my colleague lynn berry live
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